Chicago firm will run $1 billion overhaul of Union Station

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s historic Union Station will get a roughly $1 billion makeover that will include millions of square feet of office, retail and hotel space, according to details unveiled Thursday by Amtrak and the city. The proposed commercial development will span about 3.1 million square feet, including a pair of 12-story residential towers, […]

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Officials: Starved Rock visitors should be patient, cautious

UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say Memorial Day visitors to Starved Rock State Park should monitor social media for reports on traffic delays and parking closures. Department of Natural Resources officials say large crowds are expected at the recreation area near Utica in LaSalle County. Illinois River flooding closed some parking this spring. But […]

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Lawmaker: Budget likely to increase little cigar tax

By CARA LOMBARDO Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Taxes on a type of cigar that looks like a cigarette may be going up in Wisconsin. Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga has long pushed for little cigars, which have filters and are smaller than cigarillos, to be taxed the same as cigarettes, and he thinks there’s […]

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The next generation of entrepreneurs

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer ROCKTON — A chance to introduce the Stateline Area to up-and-coming Hononegah Community High School student entrepreneurs kicked off seamlessly Tuesday, with around 100 family members, friends and business leaders hearing presentations on three different student business ideas. The Incubator EDU program through the school’s entrepreneurship class is in its […]

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Beloit has highest jobless rate among cities

By Daily News Staff MADISON — Beloit had the highest unemployment rate among the 32 largest communities in Wisconsin for the second month in a row in April. Beloit had an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in April, down from 5.7 percent in March and down from 5.9 percent in April of 2016. Madison had […]

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City of Beloit may appeal landlord lawsuit

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer BELOIT — After a March Rock County Circuit Court ruling found Beloit landlords could challenge aspects of the city’s rental inspection and property registration process, the city is looking to appeal the case, according to court records. A notice of appeal was filed May 11, notifying landlords Jeanette Hansen, Brian […]

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IPM Foods seeks damages from city

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer BELOIT — A dispute over termination of sewer service has resulted in IPM Foods filing a lawsuit against the City of Beloit. IPM and the city have run into past disputes, prompting the company to relocate some operations to Janesville. The company is seeking $28,319 for alleged flood damages following […]

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Ho-Chunk Nation urges judge to reject casino lawsuit

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Ho-Chunk Nation is pushing back against a rival tribe’s lawsuit seeking to halt the Ho-Chunk’s plans to expand a northern Wisconsin casino, arguing in new filings that the lawsuit has little chance of success and a judge should reject it. The Ho-Chunk filed a brief […]

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Rockton to get new McDonald’s

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer ROCKTON — Rockton will become home to a new McDonald’s with the latest technologies. The new restaurant will be built at the corner of Rockton Road and Quail Trail, on the same corner as Blain’s Farm & Fleet, near Walmart, at 4567 E. Rockton Road. Construction could start as […]

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Committee to consider eliminating labor review panel

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s 106-year-old labor commission would vanish and Gov. Scott Walker’s administration would decide workplace disputes in its place under a budget proposal up for consideration Thursday in the Legislature’s finance committee. Walker’s plan to eliminate the Labor and Industry Review Commission could create uncertainty in applying Wisconsin labor law, raising questions […]

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